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Heel Lead

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Heel Lead is one of Nia's eight foot techniques that offer self-healing and conditioning to your body from the ground up. This move trains you to connect to the natural sequence of 'heel-ball-toe' while stepping. Tune into the 'landing pad' of your heel as you shift your weight to the front foot, simultaneoulsy pressing off the back ball of the foot. Continue below for tips and video.

 

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Cat Stance

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Cat Stance is a Nia base move - one of six stances drawn from the martial arts.This move trains you to draw stability and power from your feet, legs and hips by balancing on one foot.  Practice by shifting your body weight from one foot to another, grounding through the inner and outer arch of your standing foot. Play with increasing the lenght of time for stability or decreasing to explore cat-like agiity.  Continue below Tips and video.

 

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Bow Stance

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Bow Stance is a Nia base move - one of six stances drawn from the martial arts. Like all stances, this move trains you to draw stability and power from your feet, legs and hips.  Practice by placing your feet parallel, stepping back to the ball of one foot in an Open or A-stance width for stability. Consciously align the back thighbone vertical with a lengtheng sensation both down and up. Continue below for Tips and video.

 

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Sumo Stance

Sumo Stance

Sumo (or Riding) Stance is a Nia base move - one of six stances drawn from the martial arts. Like all stances, this move trains you to draw stability and power from your feet, legs and hips.  Practice by placing your feet parallel, wider than your shoulders and equalizing the weight between the inner and outer edges. Consciously align the bones of your feet along the horizontal plane, legs vertical with a lengthening sensation both down and up. Continue below for Tips and video.

 

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A Stance

A Stance

A Stance is a Nia base move - one of six stances drawn from the martial arts. Like all stances, this move trains you to draw stability and power from the feet, legs and hips.  Practice by placing your feet parallel, just outside your shoulders and equalizing the weight front to back, as well as between the inner and outer edges. Consciously align the bones of your feet along the horizontal plane, and your thighbones into a letter A - lengthening down and up. Continue below for Tips and video.

 

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